Thursday, April 24, 2014

In the hunt for..

.....a new camera, that is! :)

As far as gadgets or cameras go, I have very simple and no-frills requirements and am usually very easy to please. In fact, I've been perfectly happy with my Canon PowerShot D10 for the past 5 years or so (Note: They released new versions, the Canon D20 and D30). It's been with me through mountains (Famy, Quezon | Mt. Maculot, Batangas), seas (Real, Quezon | Bulusan, Sorsogon | Calaguas , Camarines, etc.) and even foreign lands (Hong Kong, Singapore, USA). This water-proof, shock-proof and dust-proof point and shoot has served me mighty well through my adventures as a twenty-something single lady -- in fact, I think I've been babied too much by this sturdy machine, which I think is just too happy also to be used, abused, submerged outdoors (never mind that my now-hubby still thinks it looks like a wobbly submarine)! The Canon D10 really likes to play it rough!

I love you forever, I like you for always my Canon Powershot D10!

How about a DSLR? If we're close friends (or even if you just happened to work with me before), you'd know that on any given day, I carry 3 bags and each would weigh at least 5 lbs. -- for my 'formal' bag, a laptop bag, and an extra bag (usually a paperbag or sometimes a 'supot') for all the other stuff that didn't fit in my formal bag! Even if I had delusions of photographic artistry, at this point I cannot commit to invest my money on lenses and don't you think 4 bags would really be over the top ridiculous? Oh, make that 5 since I now carry baby's diaper bag too! :)

Anyway, speaking of baby, she's actually the reason I want to get a new camera :) As a parent, I find that everything my daughter does is so amazing and photo-worthy! Click, click, click...just like that and my iPhone is nearly out of space for more photos!! I use my Canon D10 too but the shutter speed could not keep up with that quick smirk or her many adorable facial contortions! As I review our photos, 9 times out of 10, baby is just a photo blur because she's just so wiggly (cue: If I were, a wiggly worm...hahaha).

Wiggle here, wiggle there

I asked my brother what he would recommend and he told me to check out Nikon COOLPIX L820. At only $249.00 from Amazon, I think it's a great value for money! This also comes in red or plum, if you're going for that one-of-a-kind vibe. Hmmm, I thought to do more research..

Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video

Which led me to a 'comparable' (based on most online reviews) Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Because I've been a Canon user, I thought to check out my Canon Powershot D10's "alta" cousins hahahaha :) I took a liking to this model because of its features such as the hotshoe, viewfinder (for when the sun's glare is too much for the cam's screen) and HELLO 50x zoom!! A close-up shot of the moon might warrant its $399.00 price tag, not bad right? It would also look great taking landscape photos of the metro...but I'm  not a lifestyle photographer and that would deviate from the main reason of getting a new camera.

Uh, Hello Moon! (Photo courtesy of Amazon's canon_in_d)

I almost ordered this just for the ultrazoom capability but held back as there was no "this is it" moment. I needed to be sure that I could maximize my purchase -- and that's if it can take amazing photos of my baby and help me with my real estate listings too! :)

So the search continued...this time, my brother recommended a Fuji.

A Fuji!!?!?! I think I purposely left out all other brands in my search, aside from Nikon and Canon, because I thought they may not be good enough. Silly me, but that's the power of branding! I was curious of course and did my research.

Sure enough, the Fujifilm X20 he recommended is a winner!!! For an amateur enthusiast, this camera produces outstanding picture quality (you might hear your friends say you can have "DSLR-like" photos), has a quick shutter speed (for capturing moments with my loves - hubs, baby and pups), has a great viewfinder (and netizens say Fuji is really outstanding in this regard),  relatively handy and compact compared to DSLR ones, superior built and far from flimsy, and has that great vintage look! I love that it has everything I'm looking for and at $ 499.00 from Amazon, is still well within my budget. I knew I was hooked!

I mean, is it even possible to fall in love with a camera you don't own YET? Oh it is, it is, it is...I think I spent an afternoon adoring this over Youtube reviews and I can't help but swoon many times over! My brother and his girlfriend already went ahead and bought it before the Holy Week...when I got to touch and test it, I was definitely sold!! My still unbelieving hubby tried it too and I guess the Fuji X20 pretty much erased his doubts and apprehensions of getting a new camera. How do I know this? He said if I will get one, he'll only use it if it's in black hahaha. Gotcha! Now the possibility is in his head!! And why not, the black is really sexy..but I wouldn't mind the silver/black combo too and its old world, vintage charm :)

Fujifilm X20 12 MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black)

Fujifilm X20 12 MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Silver)

The only question now is, should I get it in black or silver? :)


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